WOWO wins community service award

WOWO radio’s annual Penny Pitch program will receive the 2019 Cardinal Community Service Award from the Indiana Broadcasters Association. The awards are given to TV and radio stations that accomplish “outstanding achievements by stations impacting their listening and viewing areas.”

The 2018 Penny Pitch campaign raised more than $102,000 to be split between Erin’s House for Grieving Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. Erin’s House used the funds to create a “Teen Club House,” giving teens independence in a safe and secure environment. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana used their share to fund their Real Men Read program, which encourages positive male role models to visit area 2nd and 3rd-grade classrooms to read aloud to children.

Penny Pitch also won the award in 2018 for fundraising efforts for the Shepherd’s House in Fort Wayne, which provides temporary housing for homeless military veterans living with addictions.

The award will be presented Aug. 14 at Sweetwater Sound.